Tuesday, October 16, 2018

First Newark-Singapore nonstop piloted by Indian origin captains

New York: At least two Indian origin captains were among the four pilots who flew the first New York-Singapore flight, the world’s longest nonstop, last Friday. Singapore Airlines (SIA) had the inaugural Changi-Newark (EWR) last Thursday and the return leg was operated a day later. While sources say both the commanders of the first Newark-Singapore nonstop on the Airbus A350 ultra long range (ULR) are of Indian origin, SIA did not comment on that.

“There were four pilots operating the inaugural Newark-Singapore flight. Out of the four pilots, three are Singaporeans while one is Malaysian. Their names and ranking are: Captains I R Chaudhury and Ruben Gamoo and senior first officers Maxx Tan and KH Lim,” a SIA spokesperson said.

With a flying time of almost 19 hours to cover 16,800 km, this nonstop has two sets of pilots with each set having a Captain and a first officer (FO). SIA, which has almost 2,000 pilots, did not say how many of them are of Indian origin.

Indian pilots have being proving their mettle globally and foreign airlines are getting to fly the latest aircraft. The A350 ULR, for instance, is the latest bird in the sky with SIA its launch customer that started commercial operations using this plane last week.
16/10/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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